Joining the conversation for beginners: Jan Kuitenbrouwer writes the dictionary of the verbal civil war that we call the ‘public debate’. Below the C: cognitive dissonance. A difficult word from time to time, that’s what the followers of Baudet and Engel like.
A new buzzword in the online debate of late is -> cognitive dissonance† Just do a search on social media, you will get thousands of hits.
“I don’t know if you know what cognitive dissonance is, but if it hits you, I think your head might explode.”
‘People who have fallen for Humanity’s greatest Hoax suffer from Cognitive Dissonance and will never want to wake up again, I fear.’
So that’s how far cognitive dissonance goes. Making a fool of yourself. Sheeps gonna sheep.’
‘So nice how the ‘awake’ sheep are yelling at each other: cognitive dissonance. Every weapon uses it because it sounds so interesting.’
Cognitive dissonance, a theory of the psychologist Leon Festinger (1957), is the psychological translation of ‘the wish is the father of the thought’. Cognition: knowledge, dissonance: dissonance. Who decided that corona was a —> hoax is, closes his eyes to evidence to the contrary and sees only facts that corroborate it.
It is indeed especially popular among -> wappies† If you read ‘cognitive dissonance’ somewhere —> wake up† —> conspiracy† —> counter-noise and —> dictatorship usually not far away. It is also often used incorrectly. Cognitive dissonance is not ‘hypocrisy’, not ‘inconsistency’, not ‘blindness’, not ‘double standards’. You cannot ‘suffer’ from it, let alone be synonymous with ‘contradiction’. In those cases, therefore, there is more of a bell-clapper dissonance. It does suit figures like Willem Engel and Thierry Baudet, who like to pretend to be a little more learned than they are. A difficult word from time to time, their followers like that.
Truth Raider (outlaw and contemporary heretic) writes on Twitter how she once ‘woke up’ by the film The Truman Show: the world is a seamless, tightly directed television show, escape impossible. But, she writes, “it takes courage to put your cognitive dissonance aside.” She means: to open your eyes to my Truman Show.
That could be the key to the rise of the concept of ‘cognitive dissonance’. In this -> post-truth era it is hard to imagine, but once the political debate was mainly about the interpretation from —> facts† There was hardly any discussion about the facts themselves, the conversation was about what they meant, what you did with them. The facts piled up and the speakers stood around them and gave their views. Their point of view, their point of view – the word says it all. Now the parties each come up with their own pile of facts.
‘This must be about! That’s it!’
‘No, that’s the way it is! This is what it should be about!’
There you are, with all your ‘facts’, and yet that other person has a completely different opinion? That is only possible if large amounts of information are hidden, buried and swept under the rug in that head, in order to keep believing in an illusion. A serious case of cognitive dissonance. Poor wretch.
Psychiatricizing your opponent is one of the oldest debate tactics. Children cry ‘you are crazy!’, totalitarian regimes lock up dissidents in insane asylums. This is really something like this: your opinion is not an opinion, but a condition called, ahem, cognitive dissonance. Just look it up in Wikipedia. And consult a doctor.